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June 27, 2016by emilylowe0

Music History Monday: June 27 On this day in 1970, the band Smile officially changed its name to Queen and performed for the first time under this name. Being very familiar with Queen, I was a little surprised when I learned this fact from the music history calendar! Smile was based out of London and was formed in 1968...

Music History Monday: June 27

On this day in 1970, the band Smile officially changed its name to Queen and performed for the first time under this name.

Being very familiar with Queen, I was a little surprised when I learned this fact from the music history calendar!

Smile was based out of London and was formed in 1968 by Brian May (guitar), Tim Staffell (vocals/bass) and Roger Taylor (drums). The band was signed to Mercury Records in 1969. Their biggest performance was on February 27, 1969 at the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and Her Child at Royal Albert Hall.

The group only recorded six songs, and never released an album as a band. The group disbanded in 1970, when Staffell left the group. The group added Freddie Mercury and Tim Deacon and performed as Queen (under Mercury’s suggestion) on July 18, 1970.

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